The NBA’s all-star game is coming to New Orleans next week.
The league will announce who it will select for its three best teams.
Here are the players to watch this season.
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers The All-Star forward is one of the best players in the league, but his teammates have been on a tear.
His scoring average of 19.5 points per game is the highest in the NBA this season, but he is shooting 47.7 percent from the field, including 43.3 percent from three-point range.
The Lakers are 13-1 with Bryant as their captain, but they have lost four straight games and three of four at home.
Bryant has missed the last five games with a sprained left ankle, and the Lakers have dropped six straight.
He is a better bet for a return in the postseason, but it won’t happen this season unless he is rested.
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder Durant is coming off a breakout season that saw him finish fourth in MVP voting.
He led the Thunder to a franchise-record 57 wins in the regular season and won the league’s MVP trophy for the third time in his career.
The Thunder are 14-3 with Durant as their starting point guard.
But they are 0-3 in the playoffs, losing in the first round to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Durant is averaging 22.6 points and shooting 39.4 percent in the last two games against the Lakers.
He has been limited to just 26 minutes per game in his last three games.
Anthony Davis, San Antonio Spurs The All the stars are on the Warriors, but the Spurs are one of two teams to make the playoffs in a Western Conference.
The Spurs have won three of their last four, including a 111-99 win over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.
San Antonio is 10-4 with Davis as its starting point forward, and it is 2-3 against the Clippers this season when he is not on the court.
The NBA has yet to announce who will be the starting center for the Spurs this season but Davis is a favorite.
Kobe Westbrook, Oklahoma Warriors The Thunder star has been a constant threat to lead the league in scoring this season and the Thunder have won four of five.
Westbrook is averaging 28.1 points and hitting 50.7% from the floor.
The team is 1-3 when he plays but has won three straight.
Kevin Love, Los Rose Kings Love is averaging 24.5 rebounds and 9.3 assists in four games against San Antonio this season while playing just 20 minutes per contest.
The Kings are 6-1 when he does play, including 1-1 in the second round of the playoffs.
Russell Westbrook, Golden State Warriors The All, the MVP and the All-Defensive second-team All-NBA third-team pick are all coming off back-to-back MVP seasons and are starting to look like superstars.
Westbrook has averaged 27.6 rebounds and 6.6 assists over the last four games.
Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics The All Star point guard is the most productive player in the game this season with 19.9 points per contest and 11.5 assists per contest, both career highs.
He also is averaging 23.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest in the three games he has played.
The Celtics have won five of six against the Celtics this season in Boston.
Paul George, Indiana Pacers George has averaged 28.5 ppg and 14.5 rpg over the past four games, while averaging 18.2 points and 10.2 assists per game.
He leads the Pacers in scoring at 23.3 ppg, and he has scored in double figures in all three games this season despite missing a game with a sore back.
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks Anthony is averaging 21.4 points and 11 rebounds in the past three games against New York.
The Knicks are 7-4 when he starts.
James Harden, Houston Rockets Harden has scored at least 25 points in four of his last five matchups with the Rockets and is averaging 26.0 ppg in his past five.
Kevin Martin, Dallas Mavericks Martin is averaging 17.8 points and 7.2 rebounds over the first five games of the season.
He’s averaging 24 ppg over that span.
Kawhi Leonard, San Diego Chargers Leonard is averaging 20.5 and 13.5 boards over the next three games as the Chargers have won six of their past seven games.
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons Drummond is averaging 27.2 ppg with 14.3 rpg in five games against Detroit.
He hasn’t missed a game this year despite playing in only five games because of a broken foot.
Anthony Bennett, Los Lakers Bennett is averaging 18 points and 14 rebounds in five contests